Rayudu blazes ton as Chennai Super Kings ease to victory


Did weather play a crucial role in deciding the game? CSK, in this case, will have to tighten the bowling.

Dhawan was out in the last ball of the 16th over, bowled by Bravo and Williamson got dismissed in the first ball of the next over bowled by Shardul Thakur.

Deepak Hooda connected a few towards the end. But what's important is to learn from those games, and hopefully the bowlers have done that.

Shane Watson gave Rayudu good support with the Australian striking 57 and the duo putting on 134 for the first wicket to get the run-chase off to the ideal start for the men in yellow. Even Betfair UK has placed an evens bet on a Sunrisers win, while CSK remain favourites with 10/11 odds.

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Dhawan and Williamson continued from what they had left in their last match in Delhi as the duo yet again scored the bulk of Sunrisers runs with a 123-run stand for the second wicket. However, the bowlers led them down as CSK failed to defend a good total. Hyderabad, on the other hand, has already secured its place in the playoffs and their eyes must be on strengthened themselves by winning another match.

The target was achieved easily, courtesy Shane Watson (57, 5x4, 3x6) and Rayudu.

CSK coach Stephen Fleming said, "Rayudu has been leading the way". When the best bowling side of the competition bowled, though, there was no swing, and Watson and Rayudu punished them.

Rayudu's highlight from the union was an inside-out six over deep cover off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He would try to hit huge sixes off every delivery bowled to him and keep the ground staff on their toes.

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Watson hit Sandeep Sharma for two sixes back-to-back. As far as the visitors' bowling is concerned, Sunrisers have the likes of Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take on any batting line-up. A miscued slog nearly ruined his chances of a hundred in the 19th over but then he got another chance to raise his maiden T20 hundred. The real damage, arguably, was done by Super Kings bowlers: a returning-from-injury Deepak Chahar at the start of the match to force a slow start on Sunrisers, and then Dwayne Bravo at the end of the innings to convert what looked like a chase of 200 into 180. "One change for us, Chahar comes in for Karn". Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (1-29 in four overs) was the most impressive as he got Raina with a googly which the southpaw tried to slog sweep against the turn.

Where do the teams go from here?

However, despite losing Watson and Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu ( 100 not out) and MS Dhoni (20) guided the hosts to an eight-wicket win. Sunrisers will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 17 in an away fixture.

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